Pleasant Bayou Geopressured-Geothermal Reservoir Analysis—October 1991

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T. D. Riney

S-Cubed, La Jolla, CA 92038

J. Energy Resour. Technol 114(4), 315-322 (Dec 01, 1992) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2905959 History: Received December 03, 1991; Revised June 22, 1992; Online April 16, 2008


Many sedimentary basins contain formations with pore fluids at pressures higher than hydrostatic value; these formations are called geopressured. The pore pressure is generally well in excess of hydrostatic and the fluids are saline, hot, and contain dissolved methane. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has drilled and tested deep wells in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast region to evaluate the geopressured-geothermal resource. Geological information for the Pleasant Bayou geopressured resource in southeast Texas is most extensive among the reservoirs tested. Testing of the DOE well (Pleasant Bayou No. 2) was conducted during 1979–1983; testing resumed in May 1988. A numerical simulator is employed to synthesize and integrate the geological information, formation rock and fluid properties data from laboratory tests, and well data from the earlier (1979–1983) and the ongoing testing (1988–1991) of the well. A reservoir simulation model has been constructed which provides a detailed match to the well test history to date.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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